Liguria's food history is as rich as it's seafaring and closely tied with much of its cuisine focusing on seafood. You will find many of the local restaurants boasting menus with a wide range of seafood options with local clams, mussels and squid among many other delicacies available.
It is also home to pasta al Genovese and Ligurian Focaccia which is found only in this region and is by far the best! You will even find dishes sporting a type of courgette that grows only in Imperia. So lets get in to it!
This Restaurant appears first on the list because not only is it the finest pasta/pizza restaurant in the city, it is also located in a prime position just back from the water front esplanade in the heart of Porto Maurizio. It also holds a place close to our heart with the staff having become personal friends over the time we spent in Imperia. So go and see Laurenzo and his team and let them take care of you with some of the best and biggest pasta and pizza you will have in Italy, along with some absolutely delicious vino rosso from the carafe. Did I mention the crema di Tirmasu... Find all the info you need here
Locanda Del Mar
Sometimes called Lucio a Casetta, it is a perfect place for a romantic night out or some aperitivo's beside the pool. The restaurant is centred around traditional homestyle Ligurian seafood rather than pasta. You will find succulent Italian style ceviche and amazing array of simple fish dishes that will leave your mouth watering. They also host accommodation. Find all the info here&here
Osteria Le Macine
Located between Porto Maurizio and Dolcedo inside an old Olive oil mill, not only is the setting fantastic but there is service and food to match. The menu here is centred around beef with imported Irish Angus featuring heavily on the menu. It also hosts a massive range of delicious pizzas which are among my favourite. Spend the evening in this historic building and experience Italian hospitality at its finest here
Located towards San Remo in Aregai (Santo Stefano Al Mare) we've put this together with Le Macine as they are both a carnivores paradise. Serving huge fillets of succulent steak cooked before you on an open fire grill and carved before your eyes. There is a complimentary leg of prosciutto for you to help yourself to while you wait. Make sure to ask for the signature pear and Champaign digestive for desert. Served just above freezing this pear liqueur mixed with flattened champagne is just the right mix of sweet freshness after a big meal. Find info here
La Ribotta features here because of a completely unique dish on their menu which we have never seen before or found anywhere else in Italy. Not only are the pizzas and pastas delicious but they feature exclusively a range of salads with edible bowls made from pizza dough. It is located on the waterfront near La Grotte pub in Porto Maurizio. find it here
Nero Di Seppia
If you are looking to get a little dressed up and enjoy an evening of fine dinning this is the place. This upscale establishment has a beautiful open floor plan as well as outdoor dining and an open concept kitchen in the back. The food is fish focused and unbelievably good with the service to match. It is slightly on the more expensive side but still fair. Book here
Last on the list and possibly the most grand in setting an stature is the infamous mushroom restaurant. Nestled in a lush valley in the hills it is named so because you are met at the entrance by a giant toadstool. The theme continues through out the night with mushroom's cooked in every way you can think of and plenty you cant. The menu is set and extensive with seconds available upon request. The wine is free flowing with bottles being subtly replaced as quickly as they are emptied all for a very reasonable all inclusive price. when dinner is done there are a variety of desserts and digestives on offer. If your brave enough to ask you will be presented with a selection of house Grapa (Italian whiskey) made on site. find more info here